The history of reel to reel magnetic tape recording and the magic and power of analogue.
What's reel to reel you ask?
Magnetic recording was conceived of as early as 1877 by the American engineer Oberlin Smith and demonstrated in practice in 1898 by Danish engineer Valdemar Poulsen. Analog magnetic wire recording, and its successor, magnetic tape recording, involve the use of a magnetizable medium which moves with a constant speed past a recording head. An electrical signal, which is analogous to the sound that is to be recorded, is fed to the recording head, inducing a pattern of magnetization similar to the signal. A playback head can then pick up the changes in magnetic field from the tape and convert it into an electrical signal.
A celebration of quarter-inch magnetic tape - an invention that revolutionised the whole world of recorded sound. Users of tape, including the Beatles' sound engineer Geoff Emerick and composer Jonathan Harvey , explain its colourful history, its fabulous sonic possibilities and the simple poetry of a brown oxide-covered tape gliding past at 15 inches per second.